05/26/15 7:59pm

Braddock Interim Open Space - Open!
The City of Alexandria Departments of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities and Planning and Zoning will hold a public workshop and neighborhood walk on Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to kick-off planning for the one-acre neighborhood park within the Braddock Metro Area Plan (PDF). The workshop will be held at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, located at 901 Wythe Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

The City hired the firm of Andropogon and Associates to work with the Braddock Implementation Advisory Group and community in developing a design concept for the neighborhood park. The workshop will include a brief community walk around the site and opportunities to share and discuss ideas for the park.

Visit the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan Implementation project site at this link for additional information about the future of the park, including the guiding principles for design approved by the Braddock Implementation Advisory Group.

For additional information on this workshop, contact Laura Durham, Open Space Coordinator at 703.746.5493.

(Flickr Pool photo by DearEdward, on Flickr)

05/26/15 5:27pm

KendelTaylor(1)City Manager Mark Jinks has announced the selection of Kendel Taylor as Director of Finance for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, effective June 1, 2015. Taylor has served as Acting Finance Director since August 2014, succeeding Laura Triggs, who is now a Deputy City Manager. The Department of Finance collects and manages all City funds; assesses and collects revenue and taxes; manages the City’s purchasing processes; issues business licenses; maintains the City’s tax relief programs; and manages City retirement plans.

Taylor, a 20-year veteran of the City, spent most of her career in the Office of Management and Budget, including service as Acting Director in 2011 and 2012. She then moved to the Department of Finance, where she focused on implementing a complex, Citywide financial and human resources enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and created new financial management training to increase the knowledge and skills of City staff. Most recently, she completed a bond refinancing for the City that will save taxpayers more than $3 million over the next 10 years.

“During her time with the City, Kendel has been instrumental in implementing innovations for increasing efficiency and transparency in our financial management systems. Her extensive experience and expertise in financial management and resource allocation decisions have been, and will continue to be, invaluable in maintaining the City’s reputation for strong and prudent financial management,” said City Manager Jinks. “Kendel also has the respect and trust of her fellow City employees, and we welcome her as a now permanent part of the City’s financial management team.”

Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing, and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Albright College in Reading, Pa.; she received a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Tech. Taylor has also served as a local government budget reviewer for the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for more than 15 years. Currently, she is on the board of the Alexandria Small Business Development Center and is Vice Chair of the Alexandria Community Policy and Management Team.

05/26/15 4:20pm
Image credit Francis Latreille

Image credit Francis Latreille

UPDATE (5:21 PM): These additional tickets have now SOLD OUT.

Additional reserved tour tickets for the visit to Alexandria, Virginia from French Tall Ship L’Hermione are NOW AVAILABLE for June 12th between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. these FREE tickets can be reserved at this link in limited quantities.

L’Hermione will be in port between June 10th and June 12th. A heritage village area will be open between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day with exhibits, demonstrations, and a variety of commemoration activities.

For more information about the visit from L’Hermione,  visit this link.

05/26/15 3:24pm

Art on the Avenue - October 4, 2014

“Family Paint Night” is one of Alexandria’s “First Fridays” events

The Office of the Arts invites you to explore the arts by attending a “Family Paint Night” on Friday, June 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Durant Arts Center, located at 1605 Cameron Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Teresa Brunson, featured artist, will guide you through painting your very own masterpiece. No experience needed. Art supplies, pizza and soda provided.

Advance reservations are $5 per person or $15 per family. At the door reservations will be $10 per person, or $20 per family. Children must be accompanied by one adult. For reservations and to pay online visit this link.

“Family Paint Night” is one of the “First Fridays” events. The Series is a project of the Office of the Arts, a division of the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.

For additional information, contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565, or visit the Office of the Arts at this link.

(Flickr Pool photo by Del Ray Artisans, on Flickr)